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this morning on "early today", the passing of a star. legendary hollywood actor tony curtis dies at the age of 85. big bang theory, the fbi releases chilling video of what might have happened if he had succeeded. and not too hot, not too cold. scientists discover a goldilocks planet that they say may be able to support life.
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hello and good morning to you. welcome to viewers across the nation, including the pacific nation tony curtis has died, according to a las vegas coroner. in a career spanning seven decades he appeared in more than 100 films including his gender bending role in a comedy "some like it hot" and has a gladiator in "sparticus." curtis was nominated for an academy award for a racist escape convict in 1958's ground breaking film "the defiant ones." he died from a heart attack last night in his vegas home. tony curtis was 85 years old. hoping to get a head start on their re-election campaigns, lawmakers in washington pushed through a slew of legislation before an early adjournment yesterday. even the decision toed a jurn was not without controversy. back on the home front, already angry constituents may be most frustrated by what congress did not get done.
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nbc's tracie potts has more for us from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, they got out without making a decision on the tax cuts. democrats want to extend them for the r for the middle class. republicans want to extend them for everyone. that decision now pushed back until after the election. in the house, 39 democrats side with republicans on that vote to adjourn without dealing with taxes. but there was a flurry of activity several items approved, including a 9/11 victims compensation fund that will be reopened and the government will also pay for health care for ground zero workers. that had been opposed, saying it was another big $7 billion entitlement program. a temporary spending bill was passed. the government's fiscal year ends today. temporary spending bill will allow the government to continue operate for another two months, and some major changes coming to nasa. the space shuttle program and
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the space station will continue, but the constellation program sending astronauts back to the moon, that will end. veronica? >> sounds like congress got a lot of stuff out of the way. that's for sure. tracie potts, thanks so much. meg whitman is facing political firestorm after explosive allegations that she knowingly employed an illegal immigrant. during a news conference with high-profile lawyer gloria allred yesterday, she claimed the candidate was alerted about her status in 2003 but did not fire her until last year. in a statement, whitman, who has specifically campaigned to holding those responsible, dismissed the claims as politically motivated and insisted she only found out about her housekeeper's status last year at which point wittman said she immediately fired the maid. across europe yesterday, tens of thousands protested trying to dig them out out slump. measures triggered common
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administrations in poland, portug portugal, greece, ireland and elsewhe elsewhere. in spain, parts of the transportation system were brought to a standstill. this all came as the european commission imposed new fines on euro zone countries that fail to improve their finances. here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in california, police are looking for a robbery suspect wanted in a violent purse snamping attempt. a man approached a woman from behind and grabbed her purse. when she refused to let go he violently threw her on the ground and dragged her, punching her several times before running away. the victim suffered minor cuts and bruises. missouri man is behind bars after leading police on a high speed chase that at one point crossed over into kansas, then back into missouri in a stolen vehicle. he caused mayhem along the way, speeding true an intersection and colliding into two vehicles
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at 85 miles per hour. the suspect gave up when the vehicle's tires blew out. in ohio, officials are investigating a bizarre car accident that resulted in a car going airborne, flipping several times, and landing vertically on the front porch of a house. several tow trucks were required to remove the vehicle but, amazingly, the driver survived with non-life threatening injuries. just off the coast of florida scientists are getting up close and personal with ago lie@grouper. 400-pound, 6 foot long mystery fish which a decade ago were rarely ever seen. scientists hope to learn more about the endangered species which gather in this only known documented spot to mate. now for a look at your national regional weather here's nbc meteorologist kibill karins >> it continues to be hot out west. summer in l.a. 92 yesterday.
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we're easily in the triple digits from vegas into the phoenix area. east coast is suffering from a big huge rainstorm. the rest of the country's dry as could be. that continues even into the pacific northwest. yesterday was cool in seattle. only 65. today it will warm up for you. the weather pattern, you can pretty much go from spokane, washington, to denver and not even see a cloud in the sky this morning. it's that crystal clear out here a big dome of high pressure builds in from canada. usually it has suppressing air, rising air would get clouds. that's what we have down here along the coast of california. even radar returns here just outside of yuma on the border of arizona and california. but warm conditions will be rule today. a lot of dry conditions. temperatures still very warm. phoenix is holding on to 82. the areas that will be the hottest will be in the deserts. 98 in vegas.
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106, phoenix. medford, 94. portland at 84. as i mentioned, seattle about eight degrees warmerarizona, as will be around 100. spokane, 80 degrees. that's a beautiful fall day. salem, oregon, 85. we'll take a peek at friday a little later. back to you. >> wow, i am jealous of the west coast today. i can tell you that much. >> they're not wearing the big high rubber boots. oil claims, scary foreclosure numbers, mcdonald's threatens benefits. your early morning headlines are straight ahead. plus, it's been quite a run lately fortin that faye. but wait, it gets even better. a first for david ortiz. one of the craziest endings you'll ever see and a hair-raising tribute for one of
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baseball's finest. you're watching "early today."
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>> good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm veronica de la cruz. here are some of your top headlines this morning. newly released footage of tests the fbi conducted shows the potentially devastating power of the times square bomb discovered inside an suv last may. had the explosive not failed, law enforcement officials say it would have killed dozens. shazad faces sentencing next week for the attempted bombings. the two koreas ended their first military talks in two years without any progress. today's meeting the south demanded the knot apologize for the deadly sinking of a warship back in march but pyongyang refused to accept the findings of an international investigation that found it responsible. two americans competing in an international balloon race in r. missing after flying over the
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sea in thunderstorms tuesday. italian and croatian authorities are searching for the pair who have survival suits, life jackets and rafts in their balloon. astronomers say they have discovered the first planet beyond our solar system that could have the right conditions to support life. the new planet, some 20 light years away from earth, is being referred to by scientists as a goldilocks planet, since it's not too hot, not too cold, but just right for possible human habitation. >> and now here's a look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 10,835 after losing 22 points yesterday. the s&p dipped 2 points and the nasdaq fell 3. taking a look at overseas trading this morning in tokyo, the nikkei sank 190 points while in tokyo the hang seng dropped 20. aig and the government have reached a billion dollar deal. the associated press reported aig has reached a deal to repay
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the government billions of dollars in assistance it received during the credit crisis. the u.s. treasury will swap debt it currently holds in aig for common stock and sell those shares over time. investors convinced the federal reserve be poir money back away from the greenbacks sending the dollar to an eight-month low against a basket of other currencies. instead traders bought up so-called safe bets pushing the price of gold to yet an all-time high of $1300 an ounce. energy stocks got a boost after dwindling inventories fueled a rise on the price of crude. meanwhile, in washington, house lawmakers advanced a bill that would allow the u.s. to tax goods exported from china. in response to that country's recent decision to keep the currency artificially low against the dollar. today chinese officials call the legislation a breach against world trade organization policy. according to a new industry report nearly one in every four homes sold in the second quarter
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was a foreclosed home. adding to the nation's foreclosure mess, jp morgan chase announced yesterday it will freeze foreclosures in about half the country over paperwork flaws. experts warn it's a problem that could exist industrywide. this morning's "wall street journal" reports mcdonald's is threatening to cut health insurance for more than 30,000 hourly workers. mcdonald's claims the health care laws would be, quote, economically prohibitive." finally, how the mightily have fallen. two years after lehman brothers fell, the sign that once hung outside the company's legend offices sold for almost $67,000 at auction yesterday. that is nearly 14 times its estimated price. the braves chop at their magic number. a wild walk-off win in texas and big papi falls at small ball. plus, the indians may be playing up a string, but that doesn't mean they aren't playing to win. your early morning sports
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early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. with every remaining game, it appears the a.l. east will come down to the final weekend of the season. let's start in tampa. the rays gave away 20,000 free tickets. apparently that's the only way they can sell out. the full house had little to cheer about. felix lined one into right. they won that one, 2-0. yankees and blue jays, they honored the manager fido that is retiring at the end of the season. most of the guys took off their mustaches when the same garted, except for travis schneider. yanks remain half a game back in the east. now to atlanta, the braves put up four against them. the magic number to clench the wild card is now two after a 5-1 win. great catch in the indians/tigers game. crow drifted back, back, maybe off balance.
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definitely a catch worth crowing about. grab great by trevor. an unheard of ending between the mariners and rangers. tied game, two down, man on first. nelson cruz struck out, but the ball got away from the catcher. cruz hustled down the line. the throw to first was in the dirt. he was safe. mitch raised all of the way around from first base. play at the plate and he was safe. game over. rangers won it, 6-5. funny moment in chicago, red sox david ortiz laid down a bunt. yes, a bunt. no surprise he was thrown out by a mile. everyone had a good laugh. look at white sox manager gian. the bunt and gestured that david used a wheelchair to get to first. anything goes when you've got nothing to play for. white sox won it, 5-2. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. new york's bedbugs take to the airways. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead.
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plus, taking some time out on the rail to take in the sights and sounds of the tennessee valley. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back. the quiet weather pattern continues on the west coast. going to be a beautiful thursday, leading right into the weekend. shouldn't have any issues at all. temperatures continue to be warm. almost a taste of summer in many spots. medford, air conditioner on today at 94 degrees. of course, we're still very hot
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in the desert area. vegas to phoenix, near record highs in a few cases there in arizona. clouds cooler today from san diego to l.a. temperatures will still above average. but the cloud cover will keep you out of the 90s for the most part. and the forecast on friday, much more of the same. not a lot of changes. temperature in boise still very warm. seattle a couple of days in the 70s. portland should have perfect weather friday. 79, low humidity, sunny. how's that for a fall? if you're watching us on kmtr news source 16, eugene, oregon, grab your helmet and explore the outskirts of nearby junction city with a bike tour. head to taste gourmet bistro to meet up for group cycling. that's your pacific event for the date, veronica. >> how good does that sound? >> sounds good. i don't know about the exercise part. >> you're not that lazy. >> today i am. >> okay, bill. now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. new york's latest bedbug victim may be the only guy in the city who can talk away the bugs.
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radio shock talk howard stern's manhattan office was infested. his sirius/xm radio studio had to be fumigated and the best were found in the limo. now he's trying to get over his paranoia, saying he's scratching himself constantly. oh. the hollywood reporter's, cnn's anderson cooper is close to a deal for a syndicated talk show targeted to launch next fall. the show would cover celebrity, pop culture, social issues and news storiestories. if the deal gets done cooper would still continue hosting his show on cnn. finally, next month "third rock"'s star tina fey will become the third woman and the youngest person ever to win the kennedy center's annual mark twain prize for american humor. fey will be saluted at the ceremony by, among others, former "saturday night live" cast members and her newest bff, betty white. you know, for two second, bill, i was feeling bad for howard stern until we got to the part
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about his limo and his limo is also infest we'd the bedbugs. >> the bedbugs are in the office, the limo, odds are he probably brought them home. >> sorry, howard. >> yeah. this now comes to us from wbti-tv in knoxville, tennessee, where it is a perfect time for a nostalgic ride. with fall fast approaching, folks from across the country are hopping on to catch a glimpts of nature the old-fashioned way on a steam engine train ride where the conductor entertains with music. it is a boost for the local economy. 15,000 people take the ride every year. and they keep come back to see the beautiful rivers and mountains of the tennessee valley. look at that. so pretty. i'm veronica de la cruz, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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well, in india, an unusual security team has been deployed during the commonwealth games. ten linger monkeys serve as a police force there to prevent other monkeys from bothering fans. roaming monkey gangs are a known problem in india. because langers are fierce and large, they're often used to keep other monkeys in check in public places. it is not exactly the ritz but one unusual hotel in italy has become a hit for tourists. they are inside a cave. the rooms are decorated with beds and furniture built into rock walls. guests even have a cave
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restaurant available. but you won't have to live like a caveman, because internet and tv are included. the fountain of youth may just be a sip or two away. the new guinness world record holders for longest living twins credit whiskey and pestiz for a long life. they celebrated their 98th birthday last week, while the pair admits exercise has played a role and a smooth drink that keeps them feeling young. i'll tell you, bill, the french know how to do it. >> and smiling. >> they were so cute, right? >> i mean, yeah. i wouldn't want to sit down to the table with them, though. >> they could probably drink you under the table. >> yes. time now for an early look at some of the stories we'll follow throughout the day here on nbc. new driving rules go into effect in massachusetts. drivers caught texting, on the internet or on a phone will face a fine. and being stuck in traffic or at
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a red light will not be accepted as an execute. in new york, forces are joined for the keep children alive aiming to help children with hiv/aids in africa and india. and happy 50th birthday to "the flintstones." it debuted on this day in 1960 making it network tv's first animated prime time series. all day long, you can stay on top of the very latest developments in those stories and others as they break on msnbc. and tonight be sure to watch brian williams with nbc "nightly news." and, finally, here's a look at what's coming up later this morning on the "today" show. al roker has the latest forecast as tropical storm nicole pounds the east coast. and education nation coverage continues with meredith vieira's trip to high school for a look at the later years of learning. now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports and much more. i'm veronica de la cruz. thanks for watching "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. the day today on your nbc station. have a terrific thursday.
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